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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Fairbanks District Office
 
Release Date: 10/25/13
Contacts: Craig McCaa, 907-474-2231, cmccaa@blm.gov    
News Release No. 13-30

BLM Hold First Meeting for New Land Plan, Sets New Dates for Comment Period (10-25-2013)


FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Bureau of Land Management will hold the first of a series of public meetings on its Central Yukon Resource Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks on Monday, Oct. 28. The event will begin with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m.

During the scoping period for the plan, the BLM is seeking input from the public and interested agencies on the nature and extent of issues and impacts to be addressed in the RMP, which will provide future direction for approximately 16 million acres of BLM-administered public land in central and northern Alaska. This includes the Dalton Highway Corridor, BLM-managed lands in the central Yukon River watershed, and the Central Arctic Management Area Wilderness Study Area. Development of the plan will take several years.

Scoping meetings have also been scheduled in the following communities:

Community

Date

Time/Location

KoyukukTues. Oct. 291:30 p.m., Community Center
WisemanThurs. Oct. 312 p.m., Community Center
NenanaMon. Nov. 4To be determined
NulatoTues. Nov. 5To be determined
Stevens VillageWed. Nov. 6To be determined
RubyThurs. Nov. 7* (tentative)To be determined
Lake MinchuminaMon. Nov. 182 p.m., Library
AnchorageWeek of Dec. 2Campbell Tract Science Center

 

Meetings in another six communities, as well as specific meeting places and times, will be posted on the BLM’s website at www.blm.gov/ak as this information becomes available.

The BLM also announces the new date for the close of the scoping period for the Central Yukon RMP/EIS. The BLM initially scheduled 180 days for scoping, and the original date for the close of the scoping period was December 11, 2013. Due to the lapse in appropriations and the resulting Federal government shutdown, the documents were not available on the BLM website from October 1 through October 16, 2013. Accordingly, the new date for the close of the scoping period for the Central Yukon RMP/EIS is January 17, 2014.

Public involvement is an essential and required part of the planning process, and comments submitted by January 17, 2014 will be included in the BLM’s scoping report for the RMP.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 10-25-2013